Law and Legal Studies


Above, Cadets visit with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House


        The Department of Law welcomes Cadets who are interested in undergraduate legal studies. Law and its effects on society have long been a valuable subject of undergraduate study. Writers from Aristotle to Oliver Wendell Holmes have addressed the nature of law and its impacts upon the peoples and cultures of the world. This is, of course, of particular importance in our country which is based in significant part on the principle of adherence to the Rule of Law.

        The major in Law and Legal Studies provides Cadets with a basis for understanding both discrete legal disciplines within the U.S. legal system and the relationships of these disciplines with each other in creating a just and effective rule of law society. This major promotes the development of critical thinking through the use of legal analysis applied across different areas of the law, and sharpens Cadets' ability to integrate and evaluate higher levels of theoretical thinking.


RedBook Class of 2020

STEM Depth - choose 1 of 2:

  • CY305 Military IT Systems
  • CY355 Advanced Military IT Systems

Required Courses - must take all 3

  • LW310 Intro to Legal Studies
  • LW474 Law of War
  • LW495 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Elective Courses - choose 7 out of 11:

  • LW410 Comparative Legal Systems
  • LW461 Civil Rights
  • LW462 Cyber Law
  • LW472 Criminal Law
  • LW473 Environmental Law
  • LW475 Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar
  • LW476 Advanced Law of Armed Conflict
  • LW481 International Law
  • LW482 National Security Law
  • LW488 Business Law
  • LW490 Special Topics

Three electives in Social Sciences, History, Behavioral Sciences & Leadership or Geography & Environmental Engineering.




Honors Thesis Program:

  • LW498 Thesis I: Proposal & Research
  • LW499 Thesis II: Paper & Defense

Grade Requirements: Complete the requirements of the major as shown above, attain an APSC of at least 3.0 in the core curriculum and an APSC of at least 3.5 in the major, and an average of at least 3.33 in LW498 and LW499.